Thursday, December 29, 2011

In Which I Must Be Insane...

This year I've decided to take a more active role in blogging and planning out which books I read and when. Somehow, that turned into me going crazy and signing up for three book reading challenges. These will go along with my "how many books can I read in one year" and the "try to read all those books on your shelves" personal challenges. The order is as follows.

*Note: Since this is my first year doing challenges, let alone three at the same time, I'm providing myself with a list of acceptable "alternate" books. If I'm not be able to (for whatever reason) get my hands on my first choice, I'll use those fall backs.*

The Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren

Goal: Raise awareness of the 2012 debut authors.
Where to get more information: DAC 2012 Participation Information
Where to sign up: DAC 2012 Sign Up

My List:

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Fracture by Megan Miranda
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
Born Wicked by Jessica Sportswood

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

The Selection by Kiera Cass*

Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

*The Selection is not the first book Kiera Cass has ever published, however, this is her first traditionally published book and she is counted on the 2012 DAC list.*

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Hemlock by Katherine Peacock
The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Definite: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

The Forsaken by Lisa Stasse

Definite: Wake by Amanda Hocking

False Memory by Dan Krokos
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Definite: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Alternates: ?

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Definite: Ashes of Twilight by Kass Tayler

Alternates: ?

Definite: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Alternates: ?

*No solid release dates at this time*

Spring 2012:
Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance
Mystique by Shari Arnold

Summer 2012:
Cybernetic by Laura Riken

Fall 2012:
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Fall to Pieces by Vahini Naidoo
Defiance by C. J. Redwine (could be 9/4/12 or 8/4/12)
Altered by Jennifer Rush
Renegade by J. A. Souders
Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
Bruised by Sarah Skilton
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Winter 2012:
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

At some point 2012:
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

The Completely Contemp Challenge by Chick Loves Lit

Goal: Read and promote contemporary novels (which do not get enough love)
Where to get all the rules, extra information and to sign up: CCC Rules and Regs

My List:

1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
2. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
3. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway
4. A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

1. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
2. The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
3. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
4. Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
3. Shooting Stars by Alison Rushby
4. In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Alternates/ Substitutes:
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride (2010)
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (2011)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (2011)
Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler (2011)
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (2011)
Somebody Everybody Listens to by Suzanne Supplee (2010)
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (2011)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (2011)

The Sophomore Reading Challenge by Chick Loves Lit

Goal: Enjoy reading sophomore books!
Where to get all the rules, extra information and to sign up: SRC Rules and Regs

*LIST EDITED: Second books in series DO NOT count for this challenge, it has to be the author's second book. Example: Insurgent is the second book Veronica Roth has published, it counts. The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) would not count because Maureen Johnson has already published her second book long ago, even though TMU would be the second novel in a series.*

My List:

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (second novel, second in series)
2. Timepiece by Myra McEntire (second novel, second in series)
3. Shatter Me #2 by Tahereh Mafi (second novel, second in series)
4.  Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (Second novel, second in a series)
5. Fever by Lauren Destefano (second novel, second in series)
6. A Million Suns by Beth Revis (Second novel, second in series)
7. Perception by Kim Harrington (second novel, second in series)
8. Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala (second novel, second in series)
9. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (second novel)
10. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen (second novel)
11. Mara Dyer #2 by Michelle Hodkin (second novel, second in series)
12. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (second novel, second in series)

Well, that's all for me. What book related or not book related challenges/ goals/ resolutions have you set for the new year?

Happy Reading,


  1. Aw, thanks for the love for The International Kissing Club! I really hope you enjoy it.

  2. Thanks for including Pivot Point on your list. :) I love all your different reading challenges. I'm a huge fan of contemporary novels as well and I agree, they don't get enough love.

    1. Thank you very much! Yes, contemps don't get enough love, the major exceptions to that rule being Sarah Dessen, Judy Blume and occasionally John Green or Ellen Hopkins. However, since there's a huge fan base for those particular authors, it sometimes seems like contemps are really popular, but I think it's just actually those author's books. Almost everyone has at least come into contact with those books and knows someone who read them, whereas books like You Against Me by Jenny Downham or The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker and many others get overlooked most of the time.


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